Frequently Asked Questions

What is coaching?
Are there different types of coaching?
What is Integral Coaching?
What are the potential benefits of coaching?
What types of people do you work with?
Is coaching the same as consulting?
Is coaching just a version of therapy?
Can't I just talk to my friends?
Why is coaching effective?
What is the coaching process?
How much does it cost?
How do I get started?


What is coaching?
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Most people are familiar with the concept of coaching when it comes to athletic endeavors, but when they hear the term used in the business and personal setting, they are a bit confused. In both situations, a coach:

• Provides tools, knowledge and support to help you "perform" better

• Pushes you out of your "comfort zone" and helps you achieve more than you   previously believed was possible.

• Helps you focus on what is important to accomplish your goals in an efficient manner

Coaching is an ongoing alliance that focuses completely on the client and on improving any area that s/he wants to work on. My clients range from students looking for help in structuring their schedules to executives learning to become more effective leaders and communicators. Anything you’d like to shift in your life, can be impacted. You might want to ask yourself:

• What do I want more of in my life?

• What dream or vision do I want to make real?

• What do I want to change about my life, career, finances, personal relationships,   physical well-being, or personal development?

Are there different types of coaching?
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Definitely. Coaches today will often choose to title or label themselves based on the type of clientele they often work with and/or on the style of coaching that they practice. By niche, we commonly read about athletic coaches (sports, athletes), executive coaches (corporate leaders), productivity coaches (goal-setting and time management), career coaches (career interests and interviewing skills), life coaches(business, relationships, communication), or leadership coaches (becoming a leader in your organization and/or your own life.. Once you understand a coach’s preferred client type and their style, you can label them in any way that you’d like. I call myself a personal and professional coach because I work with people at various stages of their careers and I work with them on issues ranging from personal communication to professional effectiveness. I also consider myself a leadership coach for I am partnering with each client helping them become a more effective leader in their own life and/or for their organization.

What is Integral Coaching?
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Integral Coaching is a coaching framework that incorporates the whole person (mind, body, heart and soul). The framework was created by James Flaherty, co-founder of New Ventures West, and author of, “Coaching to Excellence”. His frameworks have been built from a variety of influences ranging from German Philosophy to Anatomy to Buddhism.

Integral Coaching is the style of coaching that I practice. My goal is to help clients develop a new skill or competency that will help them make changes in their own life. I want them to develop this skill or competency so that they are effective in their own lives without my presence. I’m not looking for a lifetime client, rather a temporary client who is successful in their own life based on a lasting relationship with me.

What are the potential benefits of coaching?
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• Create better balance in your business and personal life

• Find and follow your passion

• Find or create a career that supports who you really are

• Become more confident and face your fears

• Accomplish things that you never thought were possible

• Break through old patterns and beliefs

• Be supported and encouraged

• Become a more effective friend, relative, employee, student

What types of people do you work with?
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• People who are ready to make changes in their lives

• Managers who want to become more effective

• Mid-career professionals who want to discover how they can create a career   they love

• Cancer patients and survivors who are learning to experience their lives in a   new light

• Students who are trying to clarify their interests and values prior to college,   graduate school, new job, et cetera

Is coaching the same as consulting?
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Well, there are many types of consulting in the business world. I guess that you could call coaching "Life Effectiveness Consulting" or "Leadership Development Consulting" and the meanings would be quite similar. Coaching and consulting both focus on serving the clients' needs and improving people and organizations. However, consultants are often paid to provide solutions to problems. I view coaching as a catalyst to help individuals and organizations create solutions to their own problems. Coaches bring their skills and experience to the client interaction to guide their clients toward more effective and fulfilling lives.

Is coaching just a version of therapy?
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No, coaching and therapy are not the same. While both services can help people to improve their lives, the approach is different. The way I like to think about it is that therapy often delves into the root cause(s) of problems, often focusing on things that happened in the past. Coaching tends to look at what is going on in
the present and how it should be altered to increase personal effectiveness moving forward. Most coaches are not trained psychological professionals. If I think that a client should see a therapist rather than or in addition to working with me, I will tell them.

Can't I just talk to my friends?
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Of course! It's very valuable to talk about things in your life with your close friends. I think that it's helpful to have a coach in addition to your friends. Certified coaches have been through rigorous training exposing them to techniques which enhance their ability not only to listen but also to help you build the life you want. A coach can often offer a more objective view of what is going on in your life than your friends. In addition, there is a professional agreement between coach and client that protects your confidentiality (of course, hopefully you have that level of trust with your friends as well).

Why is coaching effective?
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• Coaches and clients work together to build more clearly defined goals and build   momentum to achieve them

• Clients develop new skills that help them achieve their goals more efficiently

• Coaches and clients built a relationship based on trust and hold each other   accountable to being their best

What is the coaching process?
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My coaching style is created with each client. However, I typically speak with clients to discuss their needs and agree how we will work together and what we will try to accomplish in a given time frame. I recommend at least a 3-month commitment to achieve maximum results. The next step is usually a longer meeting (approximately 2 hours) where we work together to examine the current status of the client's life and where s/he would like to see it moving forward. Following this initial meeting, we will meet or speak (depending on location) on a weekly basis focusing on more specific areas of interest.

How much does it cost?
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My rates are based on the time I spend with clients individually or on the time that it takes me to develop certain programs for organizations. I'm glad to discuss prices when I understand your personal and/or organizational needs.

How do I get started?
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Please contact me to learn more about my services.